Ballet and Baseball: A Match Made in Oakland

Two of the East Bay’s most beloved institutions are teaming up this Fall to bring you two opportunities to appreciate the community’s diverse offerings. Both Oakland Ballet Company and the Oakland A’s each recently celebrated their 50th year of contribution to the community of Oakland and will be collaborating to showcase both organizations in September.

Earlier this year, the professional dancers from Oakland Ballet Company donned baseball gear and pointe shoes to shoot footage for a commercial supporting the sports team. Last week, fans and spectators had two opportunities to enjoy the unlikely pairing of ballet and baseball in the Oakland Coliseum.

OBC Dance Calvin Thomas with Oakland Athletics Sean Doolittle and Josh Phegley.

On Saturday, September 23rd, fans, the Board of Directors, the staff and even a few of the dancers of Oakland Ballet Company cheered on their home baseball team, the Oakland A’s as they faced off against the Texas Rangers. Everyone attending enjoyed field reserve seats along with a special A’s t-shirt and Star Wars themed fireworks show. Plus, a portion of the ticket price was a tax deductible donation – supporting OBC’s “Discover Dance” educational program. Tickets for this year’s Night Out at the A’s sold out quickly so make sure you check our website for next year’s date!

This season, the company reprises Graham Lustig’s “Luna Mexicana,” a celebration of the Day of the Dead beginning October 27 through November 3 at theaters throughout the East Bay. OBC joined the A’s to honor Hispanic Heritage Month – offering a sneak peek of the “Luna Mexicana” program before the first pitch on Sunday, September 24.

For information about Oakland Ballet Company’s upcoming performances of “Luna Mexicana” or to purchase tickets, visit our website or call 510-893-3132.

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